My middle school science teacher’s husband worked the sewerage treatment plant in Milwaukee so we got a tour of it. I remember really liking it. Yeah, it smelled and it was really loud, but I still liked it and I’ve been trying to get back to do it again. Every year Milwaukee has an event called “Doors Open Milwaukee”. It lasts a weekend and all the big buildings, the historic buildings, the theaters, the firehouses, the places with interesting stories or ‘behind the scenes stuff’ let people come in and, depending on the location, either wander around or they give guided tours. The majority of these are just ‘show up and walk around’, a few require you to reserve (or buy) a ticket ahead of time, simply because they’re so popular they want to pace everyone so they don’t have a line that takes hours to get through. The water treatment plant’s tickets often sell out (or run out) weeks ahead of time. Even when they don’t, I’ve yet to convince my daughter to do it.
To be fair, the place smells like shit. When you drive over this bridge, in the right circumstances (which happen often), you can smell it. On the other hand, all those shit filled tanks are outside for a reason. I don’t remember it being nearly as bad inside.
PS, for those in Milwaukee, one of the years they let us inside the North Point Water Tower. I got two, oddly good, pictures with a crappy phone. One from the inside and one outside. I had them printed on aluminum, which turned out really well and they’re currently hanging up in my house.